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Forum News Service, Published March 04 2013

Duluth man charged in inmate pencil attack

SUPERIOR, Wis. - A jailed Duluth, Minn., man accused of attacking another inmate with a pencil after the two had words during breakfast is scheduled to make an appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Jared Richard Busse, 40, faces one count felony battery by prisoners.

According to the criminal complaint, on Feb. 23, the victim gave Busse three of his juices and asked Busse for his breakfast coffee cakes. He refused. After the victim returned to his cell, Busse came in, put the victim in a headlock and tried to stab him in the ear, back of the head and temple with a pencil. The victim suffered lacerations to the top of his head, side of his face near the left ear and abrasions in one armpit and both right and left feet. Busse’s jail uniform had suspected bloodstains on it and a broken graphite tip was found under his mattress.

If convicted, Busse could be sentenced to a maximum of six years imprisonment and be fined up to $10,000.